Big Time WR Enjoys Pittsburgh Trip

The University of Pittsburgh is in desperate need of a few big time playmakers at wide receiver. The Panthers may think about changing their nickname to we need wide receivers "U". On Saturday the Panthers lost a heartbreaker to Nebraska but impressed a big time Ohio wide receiver.

Wayne (OH) high school 4-star wide receiver Greg Orton (6-4, 190, 4.7) was very impressed by his recent official visit to Purdue. On Saturday Orton made an unofficial visit to Pittsburgh as the Panthers battled Nebraska. Both schools have left a lasting impression on the Ohio teen. Did the Panthers do enough to remain in the elite receivers top 5?

"Pittsburgh has the best facilities I have seen hands down. I liked the coaches at both schools, and I think I could play early at both schools. I also liked the fact that both teams pass a lot," said Orton

"I really like Coaches Harris and Deal."

During the summer at camp Greg was thoroughly impressed by the Panthers facilities, but he did not get a chance to see Heinz Field. On Saturday he did, what did he think?

"That place was very nice, it was a great atmosphere and they played well."

One big topic on most recruits minds is the chance to play early, getting a chance to view the Panthers firsthand does Orton feel he could play early at Pitt?

"Coach Harris told me I would probably be starting right now if I was there. They have some injuries but it's nice to see that the young guys really do get a chance there."

Orton pointed out that he spent a good bit of time with two other Ohio athletes including a Panther commitment while he took in the game.

"The defensive back from Brookhaven Dominic Jones and his brother WR Keith Massey were there and we talked a lot."

Wayne has started off the 2004 season with a record of (3-1). Orton hasn't put up huge statistics but that's all right by him.

"I'm drawing a lot of double teams and bracket coverage, it's giving my teammates a chance to show what they can do."

As a junior Orton hauled in 59 passes for 782 yards and 11 touchdowns. While his visit to Pittsburgh was unofficial Orton noted he might be back.

"There's still a lot I haven't seen so I will most likely take an official visit there."

There was on part of Orton's visit he didn't care for.

"All the water and mud from the flooding, it looked like fudge all over the streets," laughed Orton.

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